John advises on the consenting for some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK in the energy, transport, ports, waste and offshore wind sectors, including advice on EIA, HRA, Compulsory Acquisition, drafting of DCO and other orders and mitigation measures, conditions and planning agreements. Recent projects have included CCGT and nuclear power advice, container port developments, onshore wind public inquiries, energy from waste applications and light and heavy rail projects in Scotland.

In the course of the last four years John has also promoted DCOs for large scale offshore wind farms on behalf of RWE (Triton Knoll), Scottish Power/Vattenfall (East Anglia ONE),Scottish Power (East Anglia Three),  E.ON (Rampion), DONG Energy (Burbo Extension) – all consented – and Eneco/EDF (Navitus Bay). Prior to that he also advised on many offshore wind applications under section 36 of the Electricity Act, including London Array, Humber Gateway, West of Duddon, Sheringham Shoal and Gwynt y Mor. 

John gives strategic and drafting advice on infrastructure applications as well as appearing as an advocate at public inquiries and DCO hearings. He regularly gives conference and seminar presentations on infrastructure planning and is a member of NIPA and the Consents and Licencing Group of Renewable UK.

Chambers Directory 2015 identifies John Houghton as a leader in the field of planning for South West and describes John as frequently instructed by energy sector clients on major offshore wind developments.

"Sources say he is ‘very cerebral and very analytical’ and note that ‘his advice is definitely robust’"

Chambers 2015